Woodland Park Wins First Home Game with Impressive Ground Game Assault – By Mac McClintock

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It might seem like a simple pigskin solution, but the best way to fix a poor passing game is to just run the ball constantly.

That’s exactly what Woodland Park did against Elizabeth in their opening, home game triumph. The Panthers just let junior running back Dominic Roskam assault the Cardinals defense on the ground with little mercy, and let him carry the team on his shoulders to victory. Roskam devoured the Elizabeth defense, gaining 223 years with 34 carries, tracking a 6.6 yard average per carry. Not too shabby.

Even with Roskam’s amazing performance, the opening home game bout was an extremely close game. The game was tied by a 14-14 score until late into the fourth quarter. However, another impressive run by Roskam finally pushed Woodland Park over the edge and gave them a stellar 21-14 win over Elizabeth on Sept. 2.

Other than Roskam’s performance, the best part about Woodland Park’s victory was how well their defense played. They held strong in the fourth quarter and kept Elizabeth from scoring. Most likely, the Panthers’ football team will have to live and breathe on their defense. It almost is comparable to the scenario surrounding the Denver Broncos in their successful Super Bowl season of 2015.

Based on Friday’s performance, it is really hard to imagine the Panthers winning many games when they give up more than three touchdowns. They simply don’t have enough offensive fire power to win games that are shoot outs. Elizabeth was a great warm up game for Woodland Park, and they showed that they can beat teams that they should prevail against. On Sept. 9, the Panthers will travel to Air Academy and take on the Kadets. The Kadets lost their first game against Cheyenne Mountain. Woodland Park will be the favorites in this game as they are currently ranked 13 points higher on MaxPreps.com.

However, it still will be quite the challenge for the Panthers going on the road, and it will be interesting to see if Woodland Park can gain momentum from this opening game win and carry it into this week. Their next home game is slated for Sept. 16 against Conifer. The big homecoming game is scheduled for Oct. 7.

Tough opening times for softball
As far as other sports updates at the Woodland Park High School, The Panthers’ softball team lost all three of their games in the last week. And to make matters worse, they garnered no hits in their first game of the season. Luckily for the Panthers’ softball team, none of these losses were league games and they still have time to turn the season around. Their next game at home is September 15 against The Classical Academy.

The boys’ soccer team played their first game and lost 4-1 to Lamar. They face their first home game today (Sept. 6) against Falcon.

On a high sports note, the team that definitely has jumped out to a fast start is the women’s volleyball team. The Lady Panthers have won their first two games, both 3 sets to 2 sets. They hope they can continue their hot streak, when they travel to Falcon.